Jose Aldo has been hospitalized with bacterial infection, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a report by Combate.
The former UFC featherweight champion suffered a small cut in his knee that led to an infection. He was admitted to the Samaritano Hospital in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, on Wednesday.
Aldo is currently slated to face Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to multiple sources, the Nova Uniao fighter is still expected to recover in time and be cleared by the doctors to fight on May 11.
Aldo (28-4) is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano. The former champion has stated multiple times he hopes to complete his UFC contract in 2019, fighting twice and then retiring from the sport.
Volkanovski (19-1), winner of 16 straight MMA bouts as a professional fighter, is coming off a second-round knockout win over Chad Mendes in December. “The Great” is 6-0 with three finishes under the UFC banner.
UFC 237 will take place at the Jeunesse Arena and feature Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade for the strawweight championship as the main event.